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Police will be at the Pride meeting too

The Mayor and her Consort, Councillor Ginny Alexander and her husband Adrian, won’t be the only special guests at Saturday’s second meeting of Roary’s Pride in the Vestacare Stadium social club, starting at 9am.

We hope as many members and their parents as possible attend this special event at which we will be privileged and honoured to be in the presence of Civic dignitaries and also representatives of the community arm of Greater Manchester Police.

Headed by Sergeant Paul Archer, the police team will also include PC Damieon Hartley-Pickles and PC Rob Coggin, both of whom have special connections in the Limeside, Hollinwood and Failsworth areas.

PC Damieon, a former rugby league full-back or centre with Halifax, Huddersfield Giants, Bramley (under Ray Ashton) and Swinton (under Tony Barrow), is a campus-based officer at Co-op Academy Failsworth.

He is also coach of the GMP rugby league side — a role he has filled for the past 15 years.

Aged 48 and a member of the Failsworth and Limeside police unit, he specialises in community work as a neighbourhood beat officer who deals with anti-social behaviour and efforts to guide the youth of the area away from crime and towards sport and other worthwhile leisure pursuits.

Working in a similar role, PC Rob is also a neighbourhood beat officer in and around Limeside.

They will be at the Pride meeting on June 22 by 9.30am and they hope to have with them GMP’s brand-new mobile police station.

Said PC Damieon:

“It will be super to meet the Roary’s Pride children and to give them an insight into what we do – and why.”

Said Pride organiser Dave Murgatroyd:

“It’s going to be another smashing Pride meeting. We will be honoured to have the Mayor and her Consort there as well as GMP.

“The Fire Brigade did us proud last time and I know GMP will do the same. They do a fantastic job in the local community . . . the very community in which Oldham RLFC has its base.

“We like to think the club is very much community-based so its hugely appropriate that GMP pays us a visit to look at what we are all about and to tell us all about their work in the Limeside, Hollinwood and Failsworth areas.”

Phil Joy, Kyran Johnson and Adam Brook will be at the meeting which is for all Pride members and their parents.

Added Dave ‘Murgy’:

“Like the Fire officers last time, GMP will capture the children’s attention and it’s going to be a great morning for members and their parents, who enjoyed the inaugural meeting just as much as the youngsters, if not more so !”



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AS lockdown restrictions start to ease, now is the time for everyone connected with Oldham RLFC to do all they can to help with getting income from our Club Cash lottery back to where it was before the pandemic started to bite.

This is vital for the club and its finances which, as you all know, have taken a massive hit in the past 12 months.

Collectors will be returning to door-to-door visits in the next few weeks and we hope people who suspended payments will pick up where they left off as we strive and work hard to get back to where we were before the pandemic caused us to lose 50 per cent of our lottery income.

Many of our regular punters, who would normally pay a collector, have answered our calls for help by finding other ways to pay and to retain their chances of winning prizes.

To those people we are very grateful and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them once again for their loyal and continued support.

The lottery, of course, is potentially one of our biggest fund-raisers and for as little as £1 a week — more if you wish — you can help the club immensely and at the same time have chances to win £1,000, £100, £50, £25 or one of ten consolation prizes of £10.

That’s the present prize structure. There’s every chance it will be increased once we are out of lockdown, door-to-door collections start again and we get back to some sort of normality.

In the meantime you can join, or start up again, by contacting the club on 07904 898177 or by email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

For more information about the lottery, and for the “great opportunities” provided by our partnership with the National Youth and Community Development Association (NYCDA) go our Club Cash page.

There, you will find all the results and a detailed statement about getting back to normal with the help of our not-for-profit partners.

All proceeds from the partnership will continue to support the club and help us to meet the aims of our Club Cash activities, particularly in its aims and objectives to be an active stakeholder in the local community.

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